2022 Youth in Action Grant applications will go live October 4, 2021 at 10 A.M.

At that time, please click here to begin your application.


Youth in Action grants are awarded through the St. John Paul II Fund for Religious Education and Faith Formation, and support up to three ministries per year that are "by youth and for youth."

Applicants can request up to $5,000 in funding for programs that typically run a full calendar year from January to December.

Last year, three ministries received Youth in Action Grants for the following programs:

  • Crossroads 4 Christ: Funded a Diocesan-wide "win" event to encourage those on the periphery of the faith to come to the Church.
  • Our Lady of Fatima Church, Bridgeport: Funded the creation of a garden on their premises that would provide fresh produce for the parish's food pantry.
  • St. Theresa Church, Trumbull: Funded a "youth day" for teens from all four of Trumbull's Catholic parishes, complete with games, food trucks, a speaker and outdoor Mass and adoration.



Applicants must be Catholic high school students, members of a parish youth group for high school students, or members of a young Catholic adult group (ages 18-35). Additionally, proposed programs must emphasize two of the three following elements.

  • Evangelization
  • Collaboration
  • Justice and equity for historically underserved populations

Additionally, we at Foundations in Faith love to see collaboration with the targeted audiences of our other funds. For instance, maybe your group wants to reach out to retired priests or Catholic nursing home residents, who we work with through our St. John Vianney Fund and our Lourdes Fund, respectively.

Applications will go live on this page on October 4, 2021 at 10 a.m., and will close on November 19, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions or concerns can be directed to rose.brennan@foundationsinfaith.org.